In the near future, everyone will be wearing computer face masks, according to predictions from the past.
The Vision Pro spatial computer, Apple’s most significant new hardware introduction in decades, debuted in the US market on February 2nd. Metaverse fans have a lot to be hopeful about considering the company’s track record of successful hardware releases and the reported presale sales.
An augmented reality headgear called the Apple Vision Pro is a spatial computing device. In contrast to VR, the Vision Pro allows users to see what’s outside their headset while superimposing digital images on top of it. What it does is basically make your actual environment seem like your computer screen.
Importantly, spatial computing is not the same as virtual reality. The general consumer market has yet to embrace virtual reality, despite encouraging sales in the gaming industry and consistent acceptance in enterprises.
This comes as no surprise. Many experts have pointed out in the last five years that a large percentage of people get “VR sickness” when they use virtual reality devices. On occasion, even the most seasoned virtual reality reviewers have felt dizzy or sick.
Up until this point, spatial computing has been more accepted by the general public. It utilizes cameras to show the user the real world, rather than transporting them to a virtual one. Wearing the headset allows users to observe and avoid problems in the real world, making them less separated from their environment, allowing them to engage with other people, and ultimately making them safer.
As a result, Apple may have an easier time getting into the VR market than other manufacturers have. The next big innovation in technological hardware may be here if the key actors in the metaverse can see it in an augmented reality future rather than a virtual one.
Among 21st-century consumer electronics, the iPhone has been the most commercially successful. Launched on this day, it propelled Apple to become the most valuable business in the world for several years in a row, a feat it had previously accomplished only with the help of capital infusions from giants like Microsoft.
Back in 2007, the iPhone would have cost about $700 in 2024 dollars. During its debut week in the US market, Apple sold a modest 270,000 devices.
However, at $3,499, the Apple Vision Pro is five times more expensive than it was five years ago. Preorders supposedly surpassed 200,000, while first-week sales are still unavailable at the time of this article’s publishing.
In 2007, Apple made almost $630 million from the sale of 1.4 million iPhones, bringing us back to the topic of the iPhone. But by 2021, Apple will have made roughly $200 billion from iPhone sales alone.